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Jazz vs Nuggets NBA Pick & Preview

  • Sport: NBA
  • Teams: Utah Jazz at Denver Nuggets
  • Where: Denver at Ball Arena
  • Date: Saturday, December 10th
  • Betting Odds DEN -6, UTA +197 | DEN -244 O/U OFF

So far, the Jazz have put together an overall record of 15-13, while going 14-12-2 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 0-3 vs the spread.

The Jazz are coming off a disappointing 118-108 loss to the Timberwolves. Going into the game, they were favored to win by 0 points. Utah got off to a slow start, trailing by 15 points going into halftime. In the loss, Malik Beasley led the team in scoring with 23 points on a field goal percentage of 50.0%.

So far, the Nuggets have put together an overall record of 15-10, while going 11-14-0 vs the spread. Across the team’s previous 3 games, they have gone 1-2 straight-up and 0-3 vs the spread.

Denver is going for another win in today’s game, as they previously took down the Trail Blazers. Going into the game, they were 2 point favorites against the spread. Their 121-120 victory was not enough to cover. Denver went on to win the game, despite trailing by 1 going into halftime. Leading the team in scoring was Nikola Jokic, as he contributed 33 points while hitting 56.0% of his shots.

Head To Head Recap & Stats

I Similar to their season-long average, the Jazz averaged 117.5 points per game vs the Nuggets. While the Jazz were able to maintain their usual level of production against Denver, the Nuggets averaged fewer points per game in the series, at 106.25. The Jazz have had the better record vs the spread over the last 5 games, going 3-2. The team’s average scoring margin in these contests sits at 8 points per game. A combined average of 220 points per game was achieved in these matchups, leading to an over-under mark of 1-4.

Odds & Free Betting Analysis For This NBA Game

For the season, the Utah offense is the 3rd ranked unit in the NBA, at 117.5 points per contest. So far, the Jazz are averaging 100.4 possessions per game, which places them below the NBA average. However, they have been able to make up for this slow style of place by scoring with a high rate of efficiency. This season, they are ranked 10th in made field goals per game.

Defensively, the Jazz are one of the top performing units in the league, giving up 107.57 points per contest (10th).

One situation to keep an eye on leading up the game is the availability of Lauri Markkanen, as he is currently questionable on the injury report. If he is able to play, the team will have it’s 1-2 punch availble as Markkanen leads the team in scoring at 22.2 points per game while Clarkson is 2nd at 19.8. For the season, Markkanen is 99th in the NBA in usage rate and 41st in player efficiency. Behind him, Clarkson has taken 18.7% of the team’s field goal attempts, connecting at a rate of 43.2%.

Denver will look to continue with their strong offensive play, as they are averaging 115.0 points per game (10th). The Nuggets come into the game as one of the league’s better 3-point shooting teams, connecting at a rate of 12.3 made 3’s per game. One thing that could take the team’s offense to the next level is if they can begin to generate more opportunites at the free-throw line. So far, they are averaging just 16.3 made free-throws per game.

On defense, the Nuggets will look for some improved play, as they are currently the 14th ranked unit in points allowed per game.

This season, the Nuggets offense has primarily worked through Nikola Jokic and Jamal Murray who are 1st and 2nd on the team in scoring. In his 22 games, Jokic is 22nd in the NBA at 23.5 points per game. So far, him and Murray have accounted for 34% of the team’s field goal attempts while combining to average 41.3 points per contest. In addition to sitting 2nd on the team in scoring, Jamal Murray is grabbing 3.7 rebounds for Denver to go along with 5.1 assists.

Jazz vs Nuggets Pick

  • Free Spread Prediction: Jazz +6
  • Free Total Prediction: Over OFF